Borough boss delighted by away glory

Justin Bennett hit his seventh goal of the season. Picture: Dave Haines
Justin Bennett hit his seventh goal of the season. Picture: Dave Haines
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Alex Pike watched Gosport Borough dominate Bromley and revealed: I’m delighted.

The Privett Park outfit defeated last season’s play-off semi-finalists 3-0 to climb to 11th spot in the Vanarama Conference South table.

Goals from Justin Bennett, Adam Wilde and Matt Paterson sealed the success at Hayes Lane.

And Pike revealed a tactical switch – following the defeat to Whitehawk last week – had laid the foundations for the three-point haul.

He also singled out right-back Andy Forbes for extra praise.

The Borough boss said: ‘Me and Cats tweaked the midfield – with Wilde at the tip of the diamond and (Danny) Smith in front of the back four.

‘I don’t think they had an answer to us all game.

‘We stopped their wide threat and while everyone had a good game, Forbes was outstanding at right-back.

‘We have carried that second-half performance from last weekend into this game.

‘When their manager is shaking my hand at the end and saying that’s the best performance he’s seen in a long time, you know you’re doing something right!’

Borough opened the scoring against the run of play on 11 minutes, with Bennett netting his seventh league goal of the season.

Tom Dunford teed up the striker, who made no mistake.

‘He’s finished with aplomb,’ said the boss.

‘Paterson has made a great dummy to let it run through to Bennett and there was only going to be one result.’

Wilde doubled the lead 10 minutes into the second half with a rasping drive.

And Paterson completed the win 20 minutes from time, finishing coolly past Bromley keeper Seb Brown.

Pike said: ‘Not only did Bennett and Paterson both take their chances well, they worked really hard.

‘In this system, you have to defend from the front and work incredibly hard.

‘We’ve scored three quality goals; this just proves how we can play.’

The Borough manager was also quick to point out, while he was pleased with the result, he knows there is still work to do in order to improve his side’s home form.

‘Away from home, there is a different emphasis on the game,’ he said.

‘Bromley had to come at us and, playing that system, with the front two we have, we can break anyone down.

‘When we’re at home, the emphasis changes and we’ve got to be the more offensive side.

‘When we have a player with the quality and goal record of Lee Wort sat on the bench, the front two must be doing well.

‘There are a lot of players who are chomping at the bit to get 90 minutes in the cup games this week.

‘The FA Cup is very important for the club but we know Larkhall will be a tough game.

‘They’ve already had a good run so far, including a great result against Truro.

‘If we play like we did on Saturday afternoon, teams in our league can’t live with us. Let alone two leagues below.

‘Last year, I didn’t have that strength in depth.’